A Libertarian in Toronto

Dave Killion — January 7, 2012

I think it can be fairly said that open-mindedness is a trait common to most libertarians. After all, most of us started out on the left or right wings of the political spectrum, yet moved to the classical liberal position once we heard the arguments in its favour. I have recently seen many members of the club shift their positions on intellectual property, and watch as all of us struggle to resolve the arguments for and against the death penalty or a woman’s right to abortion. Happily, there is an intellectual compass that comes from adopting libertarianism, and that renders most moral problems easily solvable. For a prime example, I offer you the latest post from A Libertarian in Toronto –

“As a firm believer in the right of an individual to make bad decisions I was in for a rude awakening when I realised the inconsistency of my opposition to organ selling with my belief that prostitution and drug use should be legal.”

“I am for legalizing prostitution and decriminalizing drug use for many reasons, chiefly because they should be personal choices and those we think of as “victims” would get better protection if their choice to victimize themselves would be legal – i.e., their choice would not push them outside the law. And yet I was instinctively opposed to organ donation not realizing that my position made no sense.”

Find the whole post here.

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